Do You Really Need That High-Pressure Clamp?

Do You Really Need That High-Pressure Clamp?

Apr 9, 2013

High-pressure Clamps: it seems like they are for high-pressure lines, right? However, that’s not always, or even usually, the case. This confusion means that these block-style clamps secured by two bolts are the subject of much debate. The most obvious reason to use high-pressure clamps is for...

Skin Deep: The Basics of Surface Finish

Skin Deep: The Basics of Surface Finish

Oct 11, 2011

This brief article will deal with a small part of a much bigger topic: surface finish. We will be looking at commercially available finish options and how they are measured. The surface finish of process systems components plays a very integral role in the cleanability and sterility of the system. The most commonly used unit for surface finish is...

Elastomers: A Beginner’s Guide

Elastomers: A Beginner’s Guide

Jul 5, 2011

Whether for a gasket, valve seat, or O-ring, the choice of elastomer might seem like a minor decision, but it can have a major impact. If a seal material is a poor fit for the application, you could run into any number of problems, from swelling, to peeling or cracking. Needless to say, these could be a big deal in a sanitary process. But how do you decide what elastomer to use?

Discussion on the Material Selection for Santa’s Sleigh

Discussion on the Material Selection for Santa’s Sleigh

Dec 16, 2010

First, let me clarify. I am not proposing this discussion because I have any first-hand knowledge on this subject. I am certain that if Mr. Claus were to commission someone to construct new runners for his sleigh, he would do so under an alias—like Nick O. Las from The Jolly Old Elf Distribution Company, for instance. Anyway, where would Santa get money to pay for such a thing? He would have to barter. On that note...

How to Choose the Right Pump

How to Choose the Right Pump

Oct 12, 2010

Looking for a pump? The right pump for you is out there, but it’s not always easy to know where to begin in the selection process. Here are some guidelines to help get your search moving in the right direction. The liquid you are pumping can sometimes lean us toward a particular type of pump: If your product is thick, think Positive Displacement. Products...

How to Maximize Product Yields and Minimize CIP Costs

How to Maximize Product Yields and Minimize CIP Costs

Aug 30, 2010

There are two goals that every processor shares: 1. Maximizing product yields 2. Minimizing CIP costs A product recovery system (PRS) is an efficient and economical way to realize both of these goals. A product recovery system cleans the lines of residual product left behind after your food, dairy, beverage, or pharmaceutical processing. Just one cycle of the PRS (also called pigging) can remove virtually all of the valuable product from the process line, leaving behind only a thin layer of product film for CIP cleaning.